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Part 1: Written Questions for Answer on
Wednesday 1 May 2002

Here you can browse the Written Questions for answer on Wednesday 1 May 2002, of which previous notice has been given in the Notices of Questions paper. They are arranged in alphabetical order of answering Department.

Notes:
* Indicates a Question for Oral Answer.
+ Indicates a Question not included in the random selection process but accepted because the quota for that day had not been filled.
[N] Indicates a Question for Written Answer on a named day, i.e. the Member has indicated under S.O. No. 22(4) the day on which he wishes the Question to be answered.
[R] Indicates that a relevant interest has been declared.
 


 

WEDNESDAY 1st MAY

1  Mr Geoffrey Clifton-Brown (Cotswold): To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, what rent is being paid for the Golden Jubilee Office in 85 Buckingham Gate; what the prevailing average rent per square foot in the building was prior to this rent being negotiated; and which firm advised on the negotiations.

 (53956)

2  Paul Flynn (Newport West): To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, what her estimate is of the changes that took place in real terms in income of the British tourism industry in (a) 1999-2000, (b) 2000-01 and (c) 2001-02.

 (54014)

3  Paul Flynn (Newport West): To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, how much was paid from public funds to support the British Tourism Industry in (a) 1999-2000, (b) 2000-01 and (c) 2001-02.

 (54012)

4  Mr Stephen Hepburn (Jarrow): To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, what assessment she has made of the economic contribution of Football League clubs to the (a) local and (b) national economy.

 (53884)

5  Mr Stephen Hepburn (Jarrow): To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, what representations she has received from ITV Digital since the company's entry into administration on 27th March.

 (53883)

6  Kate Hoey (Vauxhall): To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, how many seats will be available to the general public in the proposed new Wembley Stadium; who made the decision to change the number of seats available to the public; what her policy is on a reduction in seats available to the general public; and what impact a reduction in seats has on the Lottery agreement.

 (53785)

7  Mr Gordon Prentice (Pendle): To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, what recent discussions she has had with the government of Greece concerning the return of the Parthenon marbles to Athens.

 (53822)

8  Pete Wishart (North Tayside): To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, what has been the total public expenditure for each financial stage, by (a) Government, (b) Sport England, (c) the National Lottery and (d) central government funding bodies, to build the stadium and infrastructure required to host the Commonwealth Games in Manchester.

 (53796)

9  
N  
Mr Menzies Campbell (North East Fife): To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what guidance has been issued to United Kingdom armed forces undertaking (a) Operation Jacuna and (b) Operation Fingal with regard to the status of prisoners taken as part of these operations; and if he will make a statement.

 (52111)

10  Mr Gerald Howarth (Aldershot): To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, which medical elements of the Strategic Defence Review have not been implemented; and if he will make a statement.

 (53871)

11  Mr Gerald Howarth (Aldershot): To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, on how many occasions the MoD has contracted private sector hospitals to provide medical services in each of the last 12 months; and what the total cost to the MoD budget of contracting private sector hospitals to provide medical services was in each of the last five years.

 (53870)

12  Mr Gerald Howarth (Aldershot): To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, how many (a) officers and (b) other ranks are awaiting medical treatment; and how many of these have been waiting over three months.

 (53872)

13  Mr Gerald Howarth (Aldershot): To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what recent discussions he has had with front line commanders about the effects of medical limitations on their ability to deploy troops with particular reference to manning levels in the Defence Medical Services.

 (53873)

14  Hugh Robertson (Faversham & Mid Kent): To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, pursuant to the Answer of 26th March, Official Report, column 858W, on deployments, if he will reconcile his figure for the number of service personnel serving in the Balkans with the Answer given on 16th April, Official Report, column 825W.

 (53823)

15  Mr David Chaytor (Bury North): To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, what recent representations she has received in respect of new vocational qualifications in engineering; if she will make it her policy to extend funding approval for existing qualifications pending further consultation on the curriculum design of the new qualifications; and if she will make a statement.

 (53827)

16  Bob Russell (Colchester): To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what planning legislation exists to protect tidal flows in rivers from the construction of barrages and weirs.

 (54033)

17  Mr Desmond Swayne (New Forest West): To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what funds exist to enable the Forestry Commission to assist employees with their council tax payments; and if she will make a statement.

 (53795)

18  Mr Desmond Swayne (New Forest West): To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, how many Forestry Commission employees are being assisted with the payment of council tax; and if she will make a statement.

 (53797)

19  Joan Walley (Stoke-on-Trent North): To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what assessment she has made of the impact on (a) air quality and (b) greenhouse gas emission targets of the venting of coalbed methane gas released by drilling and fracturing of the coalseam to the atmosphere; and if she will make a statement.

 (53793)

20  Mr Nicholas Winterton (Macclesfield): To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, if she will (a) make a statement on the mg/litre threshold for permissible nitrate levels contained in the Nitrate Vulnerable Zone Directive and (b) publish the Environment Agency's data on nitrate levels in rivers located in the Macclesfield parliamentary constituency.

 (54041)

21  Mr Nicholas Winterton (Macclesfield): To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what assessment she has made of the Environment Agency's data on nitrate levels in rivers located in the Macclesfield Parliamentary constituency; what comparison she has made of these data with the 50mg/litre threshold contained in the Nitrate Vulnerable Zone Directive; for what reason farmland located in the Macclesfield constituency is included in a nitrate vulnerable zone; and if she will make a statement.

 (54042)

22  Mr Tim Yeo (South Suffolk): To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what the reasons were for the delay in answering the question, Ref 288, tabled by the honourable Member for South Suffolk on 25th June 2001.

 (54108)

23  
N  
Mr Jim Cunningham (Coventry South): To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer how many UK citizens emigrated in each of the last five years.

 (53136)

24  Mr Howard Flight (Arundel & South Downs): To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer if he will list in cash terms (a) at 2002-03 prices and (b) and as a percentage of gross domestic product, the net taxes and social security contributions for each year since 1996-97, incorporating the accounting changes referred to in Box C2 of the Budget Red Book 2002.

 (53774)

25  
N  
Mr David Laws (Yeovil): To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer whether film tax relief has been extended to pornographic films made in the United Kingdom since 1997; and if he will make a statement.

 (53435)

26  Bob Russell (Colchester): To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what contingency arrangements he has made for the possible arrival in the UK of British passport holders currently living in Zimbabwe; and if he will make a statement.

 (54098)

27  Bob Spink (Castle Point): To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what assessment he has made of the risk to the security of Gibraltar from Spain.

 (53881)

28  Bob Spink (Castle Point): To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, if he will make a statement on the circumstances in which the Government would enter into agreements regarding Gibraltar, without the agreement of the Government of Gibraltar.

 (53952)

29  
N  
Mr Richard Spring (West Suffolk): To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what the Government's position is on the European Commission's phase-in proposals for the receipt by newly admitted member states of the European Union of (a) funds due under the Common Agricultural Policy and (b) structural funds.

 (51623)

30  
N  
Mr Richard Spring (West Suffolk): To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what assessment he has made of whether the Benesą Decrees in the Czech Republic are compatible with the acquis communautaire.

 (51625)

31  Mr Keith Vaz (Leicester East): To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, pursuant to his Answer of 26th March Official Report, column 815W, if he will provide a breakdown of the former occupations of the liaison officers indicating (a) how they are recruited, (b) their level of remuneration and (c) the restrictions on them taking up other appointments.

 (54100)

32  Mr Keith Vaz (Leicester East): To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what plans he has for ministerial visits to (a) Syria, (b) Lebanon, (c) United Arab Emirates, (d) Oman and (e) Qatar.

 (54059)

33  Joan Walley (Stoke-on-Trent North): To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what recent meetings he has held relating to the conflict in Kashmir; and if he will make a statement on UN resolutions in respect of Kashmir.

 (53792)

34  Mr John Bercow (Buckingham): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what assessment he has made of the cost-effectiveness of the Retained Organs Commission Regulations 2001; and if he will make a statement.

 (53855)

35  Mr John Bercow (Buckingham): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what assessment he has made of the cost-effectiveness of the National Treatment Agency Regulations 2001; and if he will make a statement.

 (53861)

36  Mr John Bercow (Buckingham): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what assessment he has made of the cost-effectiveness of the National Health Service Appointments Commission Regulations 2001; and if he will make a statement.

 (54052)

37  Mr John Bercow (Buckingham): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what assessment he has made of the cost-effectiveness of the Care Standards Act 2000 (Commencement No. 2 (England) and Transitional Provisions) Order 2001; and if he will make a statement.

 (53840)

38  Mr John Bercow (Buckingham): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what assessment he has made of the cost-effectiveness of the Special Trustees for the Former United Birmingham Hospitals (Transfer of Trust Property) Order 2001; and if he will make a statement.

 (53838)

39  Mr John Bercow (Buckingham): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what assessment he has made of the cost-effectiveness of the Special Trustees for Newcastle University Hospitals (Transfer of Trust Property) Order 2001; and if he will make a statement.

 (53834)

40  Mr John Bercow (Buckingham): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what assessment he has made of the cost-effectiveness of the National Assistance (Assessment of Resources) (Amendment) (No. 2) Regulations 2001; and if he will make a statement.

 (54047)

41  Mr John Bercow (Buckingham): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what assessment he has made of the cost-effectiveness of the Special Trustees for St. George's Hospital (Transfer of Trust Property) Order 2001; and if he will make a statement.

 (53833)

42  Mr John Bercow (Buckingham): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what assessment he has made of the cost-effectiveness of the Isles of Scilly (Primary Care) Order 2001; and if he will make a statement.

 (53849)

43  Mr John Bercow (Buckingham): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what assessment he has made of the cost-effectiveness of the Restriction on Pithing (England) Regulations 2001; and if he will make a statement.

 (53852)

44  Mr John Bercow (Buckingham): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what assessment he has made of the cost-effectiveness of the Special Trustees for the Former United Birmingham Hospitals (Transfer of Trust Property) Revocation Order 2001; and if he will make a statement.

 (54054)

45  Mr John Bercow (Buckingham): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what assessment he has made of the cost-effectiveness of the Medicines for Human Use and Medical Devices (Fees and Miscellaneous Amendments) Regulations 2001; and if he will make a statement.

 (54050)

46  Mr John Bercow (Buckingham): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what assessment he has made of the cost-effectiveness of the National Health Service (General Dental Services) Amendment Regulations 2001; and if he will make a statement.

 (53839)

47  Mr John Bercow (Buckingham): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what assessment he has made of the cost-effectiveness of the Special Trustees for the Former United Birmingham Hospitals (Transfer of Trust Property) No. 2 Order 2001; and if he will make a statement.

 (54053)

48  Mr John Bercow (Buckingham): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what assessment he has made of the cost-effectiveness of the National Assistance (Assessment of Resources) (Amendment) (England) Regulations 2001; and if he will make a statement.

 (53829)

49  Mr John Bercow (Buckingham): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what assessment he has made of the cost-effectiveness of the Health Act 1999 (Commencement No. 10) Order 2001; and if he will make a statement.

 (53836)

50  Mr John Bercow (Buckingham): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what assessment he has made of the cost-effectiveness of the National Health Service (Functions of Health Authorities and Administration Arrangements) (England) Regulations 2001; and if he will make a statement.

 (53856)

51  Mr John Bercow (Buckingham): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what assessment he has made of the cost-effectiveness of the National Health Service (Optical Charges and Payments) Amendment Regulations 2001; and if he will make a statement.

 (53854)

52  Mr John Bercow (Buckingham): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what assessment he has made of the cost-effectiveness of the Newcastle upon Tyne Hospitals National Health Service Trust (Establishment) Amendment Order 2001; and if he will make a statement.

 (54051)

53  Mr John Bercow (Buckingham): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what assessment he has made of the cost-effectiveness of the Isles of Scilly (Health) Order 2001; and if he will make a statement.

 (53851)

54  Mr John Bercow (Buckingham): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what assessment he has made of the cost-effectiveness of the Disabled Children (Direct Payments) (England) Regulations 2001; and if he will make a statement.

 (53845)

55  Mr John Bercow (Buckingham): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what assessment he has made of the cost-effectiveness of the Trustees for the North and East Devon Health Authority (Transfer of Trust Property) Order 2001; and if he will make a statement.

 (53865)

56  Mr John Bercow (Buckingham): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what assessment he has made of the cost-effectiveness of the National Care Standards Commission (Membership and Procedure) Regulations 2001; and if he will make a statement.

 (54048)

57  Mr John Bercow (Buckingham): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what assessment he has made of the cost-effectiveness of the Miscellaneous Food Additives (Amendment) (England) Regulations 2001; and if he will make a statement.

 (53830)

58  Mr John Bercow (Buckingham): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what assessment he has made of the cost-effectiveness of the Feeding Stuffs (Sampling and Analysis) (Amendment) (England) Regulations 2001; and if he will make a statement.

 (53850)

59  Mr John Bercow (Buckingham): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what assessment he has made of the cost-effectiveness of the Special Trustees for St. Bartholomew's Hospital (Transfer of Trust Property) Order 2001; and if he will make a statement.

 (53863)

60  Mr John Bercow (Buckingham): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what assessment he has made of the cost-effectiveness of the National Assistance (Sums for Personal Requirements) (England) Regulations 2001; and if he will make a statement.

 (54049)

61  Mr John Bercow (Buckingham): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what assessment he has made of the cost-effectiveness of the National Health Service (General Medical Services) Amendment (No. 2) Order 2001; and if he will make a statement.

 (54044)

62  Mr John Bercow (Buckingham): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what assessment he has made of the cost-effectiveness of the National Health Service (General Dental Services) Amendment Regulations 2001; and if he will make a statement.

 (53848)

63  Mr John Bercow (Buckingham): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what assessment he has made of the cost-effectiveness of the National Health Service (Dental Charges) Amendment Regulations 2001; and if he will make a statement.

 (53846)

64  Mr John Bercow (Buckingham): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what assessment he has made of the cost-effectiveness of the Welfare Food (Amendment) Regulations 2001; and if he will make a statement.

 (54055)

65  Mr John Bercow (Buckingham): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what assessment he has made of the cost-effectiveness of the National Health Service (Optical Charges and Payments) and (General Ophthalmic Services) Amendment Regulations 2001; and if he will make a statement.

 (53843)

66  Mr John Bercow (Buckingham): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what assessment he has made of the cost-effectiveness of the Trustees for the Central Sheffield University Hospitals National Health Service Trust (Transfer of Trust Property) Order 2001; and if he will make a statement.

 (53831)

67  Mr John Bercow (Buckingham): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what assessment he has made of the cost-effectiveness of the Avon and Western Wiltshire Mental Health Care National Health Service Trust (Change of Name) Order 2001; and if he will make a statement.

 (53837)

68  Mr John Bercow (Buckingham): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what assessment he has made of the cost-effectiveness of the National Health Service (Charges for Drugs and Appliances) Amendment Regulations 2001; and if he will make a statement.

 (53857)

69  Mr John Bercow (Buckingham): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what assessment he has made of the cost-effectiveness of the Care Standards Act 2000 (Commencement No. 3) (England) Order 2001; and if he will make a statement.

 (53860)

70  Mr John Bercow (Buckingham): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what assessment he has made of the cost-effectiveness of the National Health Service (General Ophthalmic Services) Amendment Regulations 2001; and if he will make a statement.

 (54046)

71  Mr John Bercow (Buckingham): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what assessment he has made of the cost-effectiveness of the Birmingham Children's Hospital National Health Service Trust (Transfer of Trust Property) Order 2001; and if he will make a statement.

 (53842)

72  Mr John Bercow (Buckingham): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what assessment he has made of the cost-effectiveness of the National Health Service (Travelling Expenses and Remission of Charges) Amendment Regulations 2001; and if he will make a statement.

 (53859)

73  Mr John Bercow (Buckingham): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what assessment he has made of the cost-effectiveness of the National Health Service (General Medical Services) Amendment Regulations 2001; and if he will make a statement.

 (53847)

74  Mr John Bercow (Buckingham): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what assessment he has made of the cost-effectiveness of the National Assistance (Assessment of Resources) (Amendment) (No. 3) (England) Regulations 2001; and if he will make a statement.

 (54045)

75  Mr John Bercow (Buckingham): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what assessment he has made of the cost-effectiveness of the University Hospital Birmingham National Health Service Trust (Transfer of Trust Property) Order 2001; and if he will make a statement.

 (53841)

76  Mr John Bercow (Buckingham): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what assessment he has made of the cost-effectiveness of the Carers (Services) and Direct Payments (Amendment) (England) Regulations 2001; and if he will make a statement.

 (53844)

77  Mr John Bercow (Buckingham): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what assessment he has made of the cost-effectiveness of the Special Trustees for the Royal London Hospital (Transfer of Trust Property) Order 2001; and if he will make a statement.

 (53864)

78  Mr John Bercow (Buckingham): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what assessment he has made of the cost-effectiveness of the Trustees for the Royal Brompton and Harefield National Health Service Trust (Transfer of Trust Property) Order 2001; and if he will make a statement.

 (53862)

79  Mr John Bercow (Buckingham): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what assessment he has made of the cost-effectiveness of the Care Standards Act 2000 (Commencement No. 4) (England) Order 2001; and if he will make a statement.

 (54043)

80  Mr John Bercow (Buckingham): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what assessment he has made of the cost-effectiveness of the Meat (Hygiene and Inspection) (Charges) (Amendment) (England) Regulations 2001; and if he will make a statement.

 (53853)

81  Mr John Bercow (Buckingham): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what assessment he has made of the cost-effectiveness of the Health Authorities (Membership and Procedure) Amendment (England) Regulations 2001; and if he will make a statement.

 (54056)

82  Mr John Bercow (Buckingham): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what assessment he has made of the cost-effectiveness of the Special Trustees for King's College Hospital (Transfer of Trust Property) Order 2001; and if he will make a statement.

 (53832)

83  Mr John Bercow (Buckingham): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what assessment he has made of the cost-effectiveness of the Trustees for the Northern General Hospital National Health Service Trust (Transfer of Trust Property) Order 2001; and if he will make a statement.

 (53835)

84  Mr John Bercow (Buckingham): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what assessment he has made of the cost-effectiveness of the Primary Care Trusts (Functions) (England) Amendment Regulations 2001; and if he will make a statement.

 (53858)

85  
N  
Mr Simon Burns (West Chelmsford): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many applications for screening for criminal records of care home workers have been (a) made, (b) completely processed and (c) awaiting processing, since the relevant regulations came into force.

 (53537)

86  
N  
Mr Simon Burns (West Chelmsford): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what measures he proposes to take to overcome delays in processing applications for screening criminal records of care home workers.

 (53539)

87  
N  
Mr Simon Burns (West Chelmsford): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what action his Department proposes to take to prevent the prosecution of care home managers as a result of the screening for criminal records of care home workers not being able to be completed due to the backlog of applications for screening; and if he will make a statement.

 (53541)

88  
N  
Mr Simon Burns (West Chelmsford): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, when the Government plans to publish their Options for Change: NHS Dentistry proposals; if he will make a statement.

 (53536)

89  
N  
Mr Simon Burns (West Chelmsford): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many applications have been made for the screening for criminal records of care home workers since the requirement came into force.

 (53538)

90  
N  
Mr Simon Burns (West Chelmsford): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what the average time is that it has taken to process an application for the screening for criminal records of care home workers since the regulations came into force.

 (53540)

91  Mr Paul Burstow (Sutton & Cheam): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what information his Department collates on the rate of take up of direct payments under the direct payments scheme in each local authority area.

 (53766)

92  Mr Paul Burstow (Sutton & Cheam): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many nursing home residents previously assisted under preserved rights qualify for the direct payments scheme.

 (53763)

93  Mr Paul Burstow (Sutton & Cheam): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, when his Department intends to introduce legislation and guidance on the respective division of responsibilities between the Healthcare Audit and Inspection and the new Commission for Social Care Inspection.

 (53768)

94  Mr Paul Burstow (Sutton & Cheam): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many nursing home residents previously funded under preserved rights have moved from their existing care home as a result of their reassessment.

 (53769)

95  
N  
Mr David Chaytor (Bury North): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what the requisite period of notice is for non-executive directors of acute NHS trusts in cases of trust merger.

 (53131)

96  
N  
Mr David Chaytor (Bury North): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, who the non-executive directors of each of the strategic health authorities are; and how many and what percentage of the total are members of ethnic minorities.

 (53132)

97  
N  
Mr Jim Cousins (Newcastle upon Tyne Central): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what reasons underlay the rejection of the bids from Newcastle Primary Care Trust and the City of Newcastle upon Tyne for support from the NHS Plan intermediate care funds.

 (53535)

98  
N  
Dr Jack Cunningham (Copeland): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many negligence claims have been made against the NHS in each of the last five years; what the cost was to the NHS from negligence claims over that period; what the average length of time was for a negligence case against the NHS to be settled; and how many inquiries have been set up following settlement of negligence claims against the NHS in those years.

 (53035)

99  Paul Flynn (Newport West): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what were the percentage changes in (a) consultants' NHS remuneration and (b) total consultants' remuneration in each of the past five years.

 (54016)

100  Paul Flynn (Newport West): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what were the percentage changes in (a) all NHS costs and (b) NHS drugs costs in each of the past five years.

 (54017)

101  Paul Flynn (Newport West): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what were the percentage changes in the incidence of Methicillin Resistant Staphylococcus Aureus in (a) the NHS and (b) the private sector in each of the past five years.

 (54015)

102  Mr Kevan Jones (North Durham): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, if Powderject has applied for a licence for the smallpox vaccine; and if such a licence was included in the specification provided by his Department.

 (53951)

103  Mr Kevan Jones (North Durham): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, for what reason it was decided to establish a national stockpile of smallpox vaccine; who took the decision; and on what date.

 (53930)

104  Mr Kevan Jones (North Durham): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many doses of smallpox vaccine have been procured; at what cost; and how was the number of doses determined.

 (54022)

105  Mr Kevan Jones (North Durham): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, if the smallpox vaccine to be supplied by Powderject will be trialled.

 (53932)

106  Mr Kevan Jones (North Durham): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, which companies were approached with regard to the supply of smallpox vaccines; and what information was included in the specification sent to these companies.

 (53949)

107  Mr Kevan Jones (North Durham): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, if the specification for the smallpox vaccine stated that the vaccine to be provided had to be the Lister strain.

 (53931)

108  Mr Robert Key (Salisbury): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, when the Parliamentary Under Secretary of State, the honourable Member for Pontefract and Castleford, will reply to the letter from the honourable Member for Salisbury dated 7th January about her policy on vasectomy.

 (53958)

109  Bob Spink (Castle Point): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, when PCTs and NHS trusts in the South East that have been allowed to make digital hearing aids available will be given another chance to bid for that provision.

 (53880)

110  Bob Spink (Castle Point): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, for what reasons digital hearing aid services have not been made available in Essex.

 (53922)

111  Mr Mark Todd (South Derbyshire): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, with reference to the announcement by his Department on 4th February, regarding the assessment of multiple sclerosis patients, who will be responsible for arranging the tests.

 (54025)

112  Mr Mark Todd (South Derbyshire): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, when the payment by results agreement on drugs for treating multiple sclerosis will come into effect.

 (54024)

113  Mr Bill Wiggin (Leominster): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, if he will restore Kidderminster Hospital's status.

 (53882)

114  Mr Graham Allen (Nottingham North): To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what plans he has to ensure that the educational needs and progress of prisoners are assessed before they are transferred between prison establishments.

 (54064)

115  Mr Graham Allen (Nottingham North): To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what plans he has to assess the individual educational needs of prisoners when they first enter custody; what plans he has to replace the global education targets set for the Prison Service with incentives for establishment and prison staff to improve the education attainments of individual prisoners; and if he will make a statement.

 (54065)

116  Mr Graham Allen (Nottingham North): To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many people, in respect of the most recent year for which figures are available, were convicted of a breach of an anti-social behaviour order (a) in Nottingham and (b) in England and Wales; and what penalties they received, distinguishing in each case between offenders (i) over and (ii) under 18.

 (54067)

117  Mr Graham Allen (Nottingham North): To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what plans he has to give prisoners over 16 years a statutory right to receive education while in custody.

 (54063)

118  Mr David Chaytor (Bury North): To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many women were serving custodial sentences in each of the last three years, broken down by location.

 (53824)

119  Mr Geoffrey Clifton-Brown (Cotswold): To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, if he will make a statement about the £Ö million he has awarded in special grant to citizens advice bureaux; and how it will be distributed to each individual office.

 (53776)

120  Tom Cox (Tooting): To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, if he will list the countries from which young children up to the age of five years were allowed entry into the UK for legal adoption in the last 12 months.

 (53869)

121  Tom Cox (Tooting): To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many (a) men and (b) women are on the sex offender's register.

 (53867)

122  
N  
Mr Jim Cunningham (Coventry South): To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what steps are being taken to accelerate the asylum application process; and what steps he has taken to ensure that the asylum application process is clearly understood by applicants.

 (53142)

123  Paul Flynn (Newport West): To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what changes have occurred in the (a) numbers and (b) percentages of (i) women and (ii) men imprisoned in each of the past 10 years; and what his estimate is of the likely changes in the next three years.

 (54020)

124  Paul Flynn (Newport West): To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what his estimate is of the numbers of asylum seekers from Slovakia who have entered the UK in each of the past five years; and what percentage of them were subsequently found to have valid reasons for seeking asylum.

 (54013)

125  Paul Flynn (Newport West): To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many asylum seekers from (a) Romania and (b) the Czech Republic have entered the UK in each of the past five years; and what percentage of them were subsequently found to have valid reasons for seeking asylum.

 (54019)

126  Paul Flynn (Newport West): To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what his estimate is of the total prison population per 100,000 of the population; and what the comparable figures are for each of the past five years in other Council of Europe member states.

 (54018)

127  Paul Flynn (Newport West): To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what studies he has made of whether there is a relationship between the number of burglaries and street robberies in the past five years; and if he will make a statement.

 (54021)

128  Lynne Jones (Birmingham, Selly Oak): To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, pursuant to his Answer of 23rd January, Official Report, column 938W, what was the total value of payments from the National Asylum Support Service to the reception assistant agencies in respect of the provision of one-stop shop advice services in (a) 2000-01 and (b) 2001-02; and what is the planned value of such payments in 2002-03.

 (54106)

129  Lynne Jones (Birmingham, Selly Oak): To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, when he intends to publish the report of the inter-departmental review of family visitor appeals.

 (54107)

130  Lynne Jones (Birmingham, Selly Oak): To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, pursuant to his Answer of 23rd January, Official Report, column 938W, what was the total value of payments from the National Asylum Support Service to the reception assistant agencies in respect of the provision of emergency accommodation in (a) 2000-01 and (b) 2001-02; and what is the planned value of such payments in 2002-03.

 (54105)

131  Lynne Jones (Birmingham, Selly Oak): To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what performance indicators were set for the National Asylum Support Service in (a) 2000-01 and (b) 2001-02; and how NASS performed against such performance indicators in each year.

 (54102)

132  Lynne Jones (Birmingham, Selly Oak): To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many supported asylum seekers received a £50 additional single payment from the Naional Asylum Support Service under regulation 11 (1) of the Asylum Support Regulations 2000 in (a) 2000-01 and (b) 2001-02; and what the total amount paid out in the form of such payments by NASS is since 3rd April 2000.

 (54103)

133  Lynne Jones (Birmingham, Selly Oak): To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, if he will make it the practice of the National Asylum Support Service to issue an acknowledgement of correspondence received from (a) supported asylum seekers and (b) representatives of supported asylum seekers.

 (54104)

134  Mr Gerald Kaufman (Manchester, Gorton): To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, when he will to reply to the letter to him dated 30th January from the Right honourable Member for Manchester, Gorton with regard to Mr Jawad Farooqi.

 (53953)

135  Mr Peter Luff (Mid Worcestershire): To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what the legal status will be of public inquiries that his Department will arrange to examine the proposed asylum accommodation centres; and who will conduct those inquiries.

 (54034)

136  Mr Peter Luff (Mid Worcestershire): To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, who determined the criteria for the selection of proposed sites for asylum accommodation centres.

 (54099)

137  Mr Peter Luff (Mid Worcestershire): To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what assessment he has made of the merits of locating asylum accommodation centres in (a) rural, (b) suburban and (c) urban sites; what discussions he has had with EU counterparts on the location of asylum accommodation centres; and if he will make a statement.

 (54035)

138  Mr Peter Luff (Mid Worcestershire): To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how asylum seekers who have resided at asylum accommodation centres and are accepted for permanent settlement will be allocated permanent addresses in the United Kingdom; and if he will make a statement.

 (54036)

139  Mr Peter Luff (Mid Worcestershire): To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what his most recent assessment is of the implications for local emergency services of the establishment of asylum accommodation centres in their service areas; and if he will make a statement.

 (54101)

140  Mr Kevin McNamara (Kingston upon Hull North): To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, when and by what means the latest vacant position within Her Majesty's Inspector of Constabulary was advertised; how many applications there were for the post; what short-listing process was used; how many candidates were called to an interview; and if the guidelines for public appointments apply in appointments to HMIC.

 (53771)

141  Mr Chris Mullin (Sunderland South): To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what his policy is on the deportation of failed asylum seekers to Zimbabwe; and if he will make a statement.

 (53929)

142  Mr Alex Salmond (Banff & Buchan): To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, when he will reply to the letter dated 12th March from the honourable Member for Banff and Buchan, regarding his constituent Mr J Morrison of Rosehearty.

 (53775)

143  Bob Spink (Castle Point): To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many complains have been made about the operation of the police station cells lay visitors scheme in each constabulary in each of the last three years for which records exist.

 (53927)

144  Bob Spink (Castle Point): To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many visits have been made in each police authority under the lay visitors scheme and its successor in each of the last three years for which records are available .

 (53928)

145  Bob Spink (Castle Point): To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what the cost was of running the lay visitors scheme for each police authority in each of the last three years for which records exist.

 (53924)

146  Bob Spink (Castle Point): To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, if he will list the police authorities and other bodies that have made representations to him calling for changes to the custody visitors schemes, indicating the changes requested.

 (53923)

147  Mr Keith Vaz (Leicester East): To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what plans he has to review policing arrangements with regard to racially motivated crime in (a) Burnley, (b) Oldham and (c) Bradford.

 (54058)

148  Dr Jenny Tonge (Richmond Park): To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, how much of the bilateral debt owed to the United Kingdom by each of the HIPC eligible countries (a) has been written off and (b) is outstanding, broken down by country.

 (53789)

149  Dr Jenny Tonge (Richmond Park): To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, which countries had financial assistance from a multilateral debt fund in the financial years (a) 2000-01 and (b) 2001-02; and how much they received.

 (53788)

150  Dr Jenny Tonge (Richmond Park): To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, what the value was of payments made by the United Kingdom towards the HIPC Trust Fund to contribute towards multilateral debt relief for (a) 2000-01 and (b) 2001-02.

 (53786)

151  Dr Jenny Tonge (Richmond Park): To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, which countries she expects to reach decision point under the HIPC initiative in (a) 2002 and (b) 2003.

 (53790)

152  Dr Jenny Tonge (Richmond Park): To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, if she will list the multilateral institutions which received payments from the HIPC Trust Fund to cover their provision of debt relief broken down by (a) amount received and (b) country.

 (53787)

153  Dr Jenny Tonge (Richmond Park): To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, what the value is of bilateral debt repayments to the United Kingdom for (a) 2000-01 and (b) 2001-02, broken down by each of the HIPC eligible countries.

 (53791)

154  Lynne Jones (Birmingham, Selly Oak): To ask the Parliamentary Secretary, Lord Chancellor's Department, if he will provide a breakdown of the number of family visitor appeals (a) determined, (b) allowed and (c) dismissed by the Immigration Appellate Authority (i) at an oral hearing and (ii) on the papers only in each month since 1st January.

 (54061)

155  Lynne Jones (Birmingham, Selly Oak): To ask the Parliamentary Secretary, Lord Chancellor's Department, if he will provide a breakdown of the number of (a) solicitors' firms and (b) not-for-profit advice providers holding a Legal Services Commission contract in immigration and the number of matter starts for each such contract in each of the National Asylum Support Service-designated asylum dispersal areas.

 (54062)

156  Lynne Jones (Birmingham, Selly Oak): To ask the Parliamentary Secretary, Lord Chancellor's Department, if he will provide a breakdown of the number of (a) oral and (b) paper-only family visitor appeals received by the Immigration Appellate Authority in each month since 1st January.

 (54060)

157  
N  
Mr Quentin Davies (Grantham & Stamford): To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, how many outstanding prosecutions there are in Northern Ireland for terrorist-related offences committed before 10th April 1998.

 (53034)

158  
N  
Linda Gilroy (Plymouth, Sutton): To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, what assessment he has made of the effectiveness in the past year of the devolved institutions in Northern Ireland.

 (51677)

159  Mr Kevin McNamara (Kingston upon Hull North): To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, on what basis Her Majesty's Inspectorate of Constabulary makes visits to Northern Ireland; how many visits inspectors have made in each of the past three years; what the terms of reference are for the visit of an inspector; on how many occasions in the past three years specific terms of reference have been drawn up for a visit; what the recommendations were of the inspector's report after each visit; how many of these recommendations were accepted by the RUC/PSNI; and what reasons were given for each rejected recommendation.

 (53866)

160  Mr Kevin McNamara (Kingston upon Hull North): To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, what the duties are of Colin Port; how many officers and staff are assigned to assist him in each duty; how many arrests have been carried out by officers attached to the investigation of the murder of Rosemary Nelson; and how many charges have arisen.

 (53920)

161  Mr Kevin McNamara (Kingston upon Hull North): To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, what the cost is to date of the investigation of the murder of Rosemary Nelson; to whom the written report of the investigation will be sent; and what considerations he has given to publication of the report.

 (53921)

162  Mr Kevin McNamara (Kingston upon Hull North): To ask the Prime Minister, how many pieces of correspondence in connection with the Irish Government campaign with regard to Sellafield he has received; what recent discussions he has had with the Government of the Irish Republic on this matter; and if he will make a statement.

 (53950)

163  
N  
Sir Peter Tapsell (Louth & Horncastle): To ask the Prime Minister, if he will list his official engagements for Wednesday 1st May.

 (51707)

164  
N  
Mr Russell Brown (Dumfries): To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland, what studies she has carried out into availability of motor transport fuels in rural areas; and if she will make a statement.

 (53469)

165  
N  
Mr Russell Brown (Dumfries): To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland, what discussions she has held with the Scottish Executive since January on the (a) provision of motor transport fuels and (b) pricing of fuels; and if she will make a statement.

 (53470)

166  Mr David Chaytor (Bury North): To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, for each of the last five years, how much financial support and what percentage of the whole allocation her Department allocated for research and development as sources of energy of (a) wind, (b) wave, (c) biomass, (d) solar, (e) hydrogen, (f) nuclear, (g) coal and (h) gas; and in each case what percentage this represented of the whole sum spent on such matters by her.

 (53825)

167  Mr David Chaytor (Bury North): To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, how much financial assistance she granted to British Aerospace, and what the purpose was of each element, in each of the last five years.

 (53826)

168  
N  
Mr Richard Spring (West Suffolk): To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, what proportions of the United Kingdom's (a) visible and (b) invisible exports go to the European Union; and what their value was in the last 12 months for which figures are available.

 (51620)

169  
N  
Mr Richard Spring (West Suffolk): To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, what proportion of the United Kingdom's (a) visible and (b) invisible imports come from the European Union; and what their value was in the last 12 months for which figures are available.

 (51621)

170  
N  
Mr Richard Spring (West Suffolk): To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, what plans the Government has to inform (a) business and (b) the public about the implications of EU enlargement for the United Kingdom.

 (51622)

171  
N  
Mr Richard Spring (West Suffolk): To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, what proposals the Government is putting to the European Commission on structural funds in the European Union for its third report on structural funds.

 (51624)

172  Mr Mark Todd (South Derbyshire): To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, if she will make a statement on progress in establishing the Universal Bank.

 (54023)

173  Mr Andrew Turner (Isle of Wight): To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, on what occasions in the last 12 months she has lobbied in other countries in support of specific contracts; and with what results.

 (53957)

174  Mr Paul Burstow (Sutton & Cheam): To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions, how many assisted living units per local authority there were in England in each of the last five years.

 (53767)

175  Mr Paul Burstow (Sutton & Cheam): To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions, what plans he has to issue guidance to commissioning bodies under the supporting peoples scheme on partnerships with social services.

 (53765)

176  Mr David Cameron (Witney): To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions, for what reason the law compelling children on school coaches to wear seat belts does not apply to children on double decker buses when those buses are being used for school transport; and if he will make a statement.

 (53828)

177  Mr Geoffrey Clifton-Brown (Cotswold): To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions, if he will make a statement on the proposed changes in the rules relating to the use of right to buy receipts; from when the new rules will operate; what changes are envisaged for debt-free authorities; for what reason debt-free authorities will be required to set aside a percentage of prior receipts in future; what the percentage will be; how this money will be redistributed to other authorities; under what statement these changes will be introduced; whether it is Government policy to match exactly the higher allocations to support general borrowing as a result of the ending of the authorities' ability to finance expenditure from receipts; which authorities he estimates will be affected, and how much will be redistributed in each case; what consultation he will undertake before introducing this change; and if he will publish the results of the consultation.

 (53955)

178  
N  
Dr Jack Cunningham (Copeland): To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions, how many children under 16 are living in bed and breakfast accommodation; what steps are being taken to reduce the numbers of children living in bed and breakfast accommodation; and what steps he has taken to increase the supply of affordable accommodation.

 (53036)

179  Mr Don Foster (Bath): To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions, how much the research on Public Attitudes to Directly Elected Mayors by IFF Research Ltd, published by his Department on 14th December 2001 cost; and when the research was delivered to his Department.

 (53784)

180  Mr Martyn Jones (Clwyd South): To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions, pursuant to his Answer of 29th April, ref 53199, on processing by the DVLA, what the average time taken was to process replacement vehicle registration documents in the last 12 months.

 (54057)

181  Mr Gerald Kaufman (Manchester, Gorton): To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions, when he will reply to the letter to him dated 13th March from the Right honourable Member for Manchester, Gorton with regard to Mr Pat McGuinness.

 (53954)

182  Bob Spink (Castle Point): To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions, when he will make an announcement about the provision of new airport capacity in the South East.

 (53925)

183  Bob Spink (Castle Point): To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions, what discussions he has had regarding a new airport in the Thames Estuary area; and if he will make a statement.

 (53926)

184  John Barrett (Edinburgh West): To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, when he will reply to the letters dated 28th February and 3rd April from the honourable Member for Edinburgh West.

 (53770)

185  Mr Paul Burstow (Sutton & Cheam): To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, if he will make a statement on the participation of workers aged over 65 years in paid employment for OECD countries, by occupation type and average earnings.

 (53764)

186  Tom Cox (Tooting): To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what assessment he has made of the impact of the measures designed by his Department to reduce youth and long-term unemployment in the Greater London area.

 (53868)

187  Tom Cox (Tooting): To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how many people living in the London Borough of Wandsworth have taken up the New Deal options.

 (53876)

188  Tom Cox (Tooting): To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what impact his policies have had on the unemployment level in the Tooting constituency since May 1997; and if he will make a statement.

 (53874)

189  Tom Cox (Tooting): To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how many people in the London Borough of Wandsworth are in receipt of the mobility allowance.

 (53875)

190  Annabelle Ewing (Perth): To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what guidelines his Department issues on the timescale for switching over to the other parent, as the children's primary carer, as the new recipient of child benefit in cases of marital breakdown or spousal desertion.

 (53777)

191  Paul Holmes (Chesterfield): To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, if he will list each performance target that his Department has set for SchlumbergerSema to deliver medical services and the levels of performance against those targets that have been achieved.

 (54039)

192  Paul Holmes (Chesterfield): To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what measures he has taken to ensure that SchlumbergerSema has made improvements to its level of performance in delivering medical services.

 (54040)

193  Paul Holmes (Chesterfield): To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, if he will make a statement on his plans to extend SchlumbergerSema's contract for the supply of medical services; and if he will list the service improvements that SchlumbergerSema will be expected to deliver as a result of a contract extension.

 (54037)

194  Paul Holmes (Chesterfield): To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, when he plans to publish the Department's report on Medical Services' performance against quality targets.

 (54038)

195  Mr Kevin McNamara (Kingston upon Hull North): To ask the Parliamentary Secretary, Lord Chancellor's Department, what the terms of reference are for the quarterly plenary of human rights contacts in each department of Government; and if he will list the members of the body.

 [Transferred]   (53772)

196  Joan Walley (Stoke-on-Trent North): To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what the rules are for carbon trading for companies participating in climate change agreements; and what the timetable is for their application.

 [Transferred]   (53794)

197  Mr Kevin McNamara (Kingston upon Hull North): To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, if she will list the non-governmental organisations consulted in drawing up the Second UK Periodic Report under the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child.

 [Transferred]   (53773)

198  Tom Cox (Tooting): To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer how many (a) men aged over 65 years and (b) women aged over 60 years are in full-time employment.

 [Transferred]   (53879)

199  Tom Cox (Tooting): To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer how many (a) men and (b) women have benefited from the introduction of the national minimum wage.

 [Transferred]   (53877)

200  Tom Cox (Tooting): To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer how many pensioners living in England and Wales are paying income tax on their incomes.

 [Transferred]   (53878)



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